Humphry Slocombe – San Francisco

Humphry Slocombe Secret Breakfast Vietnamese CoffeeHumphry Slocombe Ice Cream
2790 Harrison St
(between 23rd St & 24th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission

Rated: ♣♣♣

In the height of Bi-Rite‘s popularity, another Mission district creamery attempts to steal the crown. Humphry Slocombe made its debut to the masses on this years 7×7 100 Things to Try Before You Die list for its Secret Breakfast ice cream (bourbon with corn flakes). Unlike Bi-Rite’s tasty-sounding assortment of flavors, Humphry Slocombe is famous for their more unusual flavors such as Boccalone Prosciutto, McEvoy Olive Oil, Foie Gras and Peanut Butter Curry. When comparing the 2 creameries, both are great but I’d much rather go to Bi-Rite to satisfy a craving for ice cream.

The scene:

There’s no way there could NOT be a line at this place, especially with flavors like that. K and I waited about 40 minutes before we got to the front of the line. In the meantime, we were serenaded with “I Should Tell You” from the musical Rent by other ice cream-goers.

The reason why the line takes so long is because everyone is tasting 3-4 flavors of ice cream at the counter. Humphry’s has about 10-12 flavors a day and rotate through an array of 100+ flavors.

The food:

We tried several flavors such as Balsamic Caramel, Cinnamon Brittle and Jesus Juice (Coke and red wine) before deciding on Secret Breakfast and Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee. What’s great about Humphry’s ice cream is that they really capture the fresh flavors of their ingredients. It’s almost as if you’re eating the real thing not in ice cream form. However, a downside of their ice cream is that there’s so much butter fat from the cream, it created a film on the roof of my mouth.

Secret Breakfast – This is Humphry’s signature ice cream flavor. Blue Bottle actually sells a scoop of this ice cream with a shot of espresso, called an “Affogato.” I give Humphry’s kudos for their originality, but I really didn’t think all too much of this ice cream. It could be because I’m not a fan of strong alcoholic flavors in my desserts.

Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee – Definitely my favorite of the two. The coffee is very strong, it’s almost like drinking a creamy frozen Vietnamese coffee.

Humphry Slocombe is probably not a place to frequent often, but it’s a definite must-try for its gimmicky flavors. It’s also fun to walk around that area of the Mission to discover other hidden neighborhood gems. There’s even a luchador (Mexican wrestler) mask store a block away! Fun!

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Scream Sorbet – San Francisco

Scream Sorbet MenuScream Sorbet
1 Ferry Building
94104
Neighborhood: Embarcadero

Rated: ♣♣♣♣

Every Thursday, I walk by the Scream Sorbet stand at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market and I’m always intimidated because they charge $3 for sample size cup. But a couple weeks ago, my mom offered to get me a scoop.

The scene:

You can by the sorbet buy the scoop or in a tiny carton. They have very unusual flavors such as peanut brittle or beet lemon, and you’ll be amazed by how alike their sorbet tastes to the real thing. The dude working the stand isn’t friendly at all though. The only thing I remember him saying was “keep your spoon,” so if you try something, a spoon doesn’t go to waste. I can imagine why he’d be on the unfriendly side though since he probably gets hundreds of people asking for samples all the time.

The food:

Chocolate Raspberry – Wow, the flavors were very strong in this sorbet. The chocolate was rich and somewhat bitter, it tasted like I was biting into an actual dark chocolate bar. There was just enough raspberry flavor to balance out the chocolate. You really can’t go wrong with the pair.

I will most likely come back to Scream Sorbet, but probably not as often because of the service and price. It is amazingly tasty though.

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Profiteroles

Note: My mom is so cute, I found this post she wrote for me in my inbox. Thanks, Mom!

My mom recently saw an article about home made profiteroles.  After looking at the recipe she thought it was very similar to a cream puff recipe she’s been using for decades. In fact it was in the first cookbook she received as a wedding gift back in the 70’s…Craig Claiborne’s The New York Times Cookbook.  My mom hadn’t made them in years since my dad now is king of the kitchen.

Whether it’s profiteroles or cream puffs you are making, it starts out the same. It’s really Choux pastry or pate a choux, which means it is cooked twice.  The first time is when you fearlessly dump the flour into the boil mixture of butter and water and whip it in a frenzy into a ball of dough. Then, it’s transformed into delicious, crispy puffy balls waiting to be filled with whatever sweetness you desire …whipped cream, ice cream or custard.

This no-fail recipe is easy, according to my mom.

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Photos courtesy of seriouseats.com.

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